Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sport | By Matt Richards

Chelsea go top after Hazard's hat-trick sees off Cardiff

Chelsea go top after Hazard's hat-trick sees off Cardiff

Belgium worldwide Eden Hazard scored three goals on Saturday, September 15, as Chelsea defeated visiting Cardiff City 4-1 in a Premier League encounter.

Hazard struck twice in seven minutes just before half-time of the Chelsea vs Cardiff City game to cancel out Sol Bamba's early shock for the hosts at Stamford Bridge before completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot to take his tally for the season to five goals in just three starts.

He said, "I'm very happy because I thought the beginning for me would be very hard".

"'He's a target man - maybe the best in the world, I think so", he said.

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But the Blues had to come back from a goal down to win this match as they maintain their ideal start of the season winning their first five games. "But I think also we need to improve, and we can improve".

"But [to do that he has to] spend less energy far from the goal and play in the last 25 metres".

The Blues now have five points more than they had at this stage last season as they prepare to start their Europa League campaign.

Sarri is changing the way Chelsea play, looking to goals from Hazard, Pedro and Willian as Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud struggle to provide a striking spark.

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If he does renew, then he will likely build a legacy as the club's greatest ever player - with the Cardiff match having been used as a springboard to propel himself from 12th on the club's all-time top-scorer list and into the top 10. Cardiff went into the global break with a 3-2 loss to Arsenal, a game that earned the Gunners their second win of the season.

Chelsea not only kept pace against Cardiff but, through a 4-1 home victory against the Bluebirds , actually moved top of the table on goal difference.

Chelsea rarely offer contracts of longer than one season to players over the age of 30, but they are understood to be eager to secure the Brazilian's long-term future.

The Belgian global got on the end of an Olivier Giroud pass to fire in to the bottom corner for 1-1.

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